Gennaro Gattuso has spoken for the first time since his departure from Valencia. In an interview with Rai 1, he described his experience at Valencia as “incredible”, although he did not elaborate on why he resigned by mutual consent on 31 January.
“It was seven incredible months in Valencia. I knew I was going to a club that had problems. It’s a city that is against the president for about three years,” said the Italian coach in quotes transcribed by AS.
After asking chairwoman Layhoon Chan to release him from his contract, something she agreed to, Gattuso left Paterna on 30 January with a brief message. “I’m sorry for what happened, but that’s life and that’s it,” he said before wishing Voro, who replaced him, and his players well. “It’s a very big club, an incredible city. Thank you for everything, thank you for the hospitality and thank you for everything we have been through in these seven months.”
On future plans
“I like watching football, I mean, I am very curious. I like coaching abroad and I like coaching in Italy. But I have to feel confident, if it can be done, if it is possible to work,” he added.
Valencia, with Rubén Baraja now in charge, are in a relegation dogfight as they look to survive and stay in Primera. Relegation for Los Che would be catastrophic. They currently sit in the bottom three of La Liga with 26 points from 26 games.
Kieran Quaile | GSFN